Former Boston College defensive lineman Sean Guthrie will be joining the Colts, adding yet another versatile player with speed to their defensive line.
Guthrie started at BC beginning with his sophomore season and compiled 118 tackles with 18.5 sacks and 23 tackles for loss during his career. He was a prominent enough talent that he was invited to the 2002 NFL Combine, but was not projected to be drafted.
But his work ethic and relentless energy on the field caught the attention of some NFL scouts. Guthrie showed a willingness to sacrifice himself, taking on combinations of blockers to allow his teammates to make plays. And he showed good instincts and timing, especially in leaping to block passes at the line of scrimmage.
As a result, the 6'4, 269-pound lineman was signed by the Giants as an undrafted free agent in April, 2002. But then tragedy struck when he suffered a torn patella tendon in his right knee during a pass rush drill in training camp. He had surgery that placed him on injured reserve, ending his season. The Giants released him based on a failed physical in June, 2003 since his knee had not fully recovered by then.
But convinced that he was again showing good mobility and strength, the Giants re-signed him in January, 2004 and allocated Guthrie to NFL Europe. He proceeded to make 19 tackles, 4 sacks, 2 forced fumbles and 1 pass batted down for the Rhein Fire.
Guthrie had a good enough camp and pre-season that the Giants held onto him until September 5th before waiving him. With rosters pretty well locked up around the league by then, Guthrie found himself watching the NFL from home again. But he entered NFLE this year as a free agent and the Fire brought him back for a return engagement, grabbing him with their third-round selection.
Guthrie posted another four sacks while playing for the Fire this season.
With the Colts already loaded at defensive end, the Guthrie signing is a bit puzzling. Either they want to try him out at defensive tackle due to attributes he has displayed while playing defensive end, or they would like to move a current defensive end inside and are backfilling with Guthrie. ColtPower will continue to monitor this news and will strive to find out just where Guthrie fits in with the Colts' roster plans.
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